Anderson's Bookshop (Two Doors East) in Naperville. From left: Sarah Stewart Taylor, author of The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon; me; Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever; Lisa Greenwald, author of Reel Life Starring Us; Elisabeth Dahl, author of Genie Wishes; and Margaret McNamara, author of Sylva and the Fairy Ball.
Nancy J. Cavanaugh (This Journal Belongs to Ratchet). I owe Tim a big kiss of gratitude for playing chauffeur. He got my sister and me from Chicago to Naperville and back in one piece and with plenty of laughs.
Palmer House Hotel room. Honestly, the Palmer House is one of the most beautiful hotels on the planet.
Italian Village restaurant, just a block or two from the Palmer. Highly recommended, and the oldest Italian joint in Chicago.
Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for making my first trip to ALA a fabulous experience! I loved meeting all of you and seeing a tiny sliver of Chicago. I can't wait to do it again!